Get an early draw on specklebelly geese
Oct. 19, 2022
STUTTGART — Arkansas’s white-fronted goose season kicks off Oct. 29, putting an end to the duck depression for many Arkansas waterfowl hunters. Early specklebelly goose hunting presents a challenge in locating a place to hunt if you don’t have access to farms through friends or a hunting lease, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a solution.
Wild Science Webinar: September 2022 - Optimizing Sampling Protocols of Flathead Catfish in Ouachita River and WRICE: Partnerships and Benefits to Participants
Sept. 14, 2022
The Wild Science Webinar is a monthly series featuring Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff presenting research and projects about Arkansas fish and wildlife. In this month's webinar, Jacob Martin, District 6 Fisheries Management Biologist, will present "Optimizing Sampling Protocols: Evaluating how Electrofishing Settings affect the Capture of Flathead Catfish in the Ouachita River" and Jessica Feltz, Conservation Social Scientist, in collaboration with Luke Naylor, Wildlife Management Division Chief, will present "WRICE: Partnerships and the Benefits to Participants".
Jackson, Naylor earn national acclaim
Aug. 3, 2022
Two biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission received high praise from national waterfowl conservation organization Delta Waterfowl during a special Champions of Delta Luncheon Saturday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Luke Naylor, AGFC chief of wildlife management, and Jason “Buck” Jackson, AGFC Wetlands Program coordinator, were honored with Delta Waterfowl’s Conservation Leader Award for spearheading the AGFC’s Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement Program, a new effort to increase flooded rice on the landscape and offer increased hunting opportunities on managed lands.
Federal partnership expands opportunity for wetland habitat and hunter access program
April 27, 2022
LITTLE ROCK — A special landowner program offered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service may create even more wetland habitat in Arkansas this winter. It also has the potential to increase public hunting opportunities for ducks and geese and wildlife-viewing locations for a variety of migratory species.
Birders benefit from waterfowl habitat program
Feb. 9, 2022
LITTLE ROCK — Duck hunters aren’t the only people who know and appreciate the soul-stirring sight of thousands of ducks, geese and other migratory birds descending on open fields in the Arkansas Delta. Each year, birders and other wildlife-watching enthusiasts flock to wetlands during winter to catch a glimpse of these birds as they make their annual trip between nesting grounds in the North and warmer breeding grounds below the frost belt. And thanks to the habitat offered by waterfowl-focused programs in Arkansas, these birdwatchers have more than 3,800-acres of private land to enjoy their passion through the end of winter.
Arkansas Wildlife Waterfowl Report
Dec. 1, 2021
Youths 15 and and under, active military and veterans have a duck hunt day in Arkansas all to themselves on Saturday, the first of two special hunt days for this season. Everyone else can be back in the duck woods on Dec. 11 for the second portion of the 60-day season.
AGFC, TNC add 1,165 acres of outdoor opportunity in south Arkansas
Nov. 18, 2021
LITTLE ROCK — Thanks to a $1.35 million Recovery Land Acquisition Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision authorized Director Austin Booth to complete the acquisition of 1,165 acres adjacent to Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita Wildlife Management Area at today’s meeting at the Arkansas State University Alumni Center. The Union County property, which is being purchased from The Nature Conservancy, will be added to the AGFC’s WMA system, adding even more public access for hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreationists in south Arkansas.